MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will fight against attempts of the United States of America to turn outer space into an arena for armed confrontation, BelTA learned from the joint statement made by Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 30th anniversary since Belarus and Russia established diplomatic relations. Vladimir Makei and Sergey Lavrov signed the statement after talks in Minsk on 30 June.
The statement reads: “The Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation are against attempts of the USA and its allies to convert outer space into an arena for armed confrontation and will actively oppose it.”
For this purpose Belarus and Russia are intent on stepping joint efforts on multilateral platforms to promote initiatives meant to prevent an arms race in space, prevent deployment of weapons in outer space, and prevent the use of force or threats of force with regard to space objects.
The countries will also continue cooperation in ensuring biosecurity and cooperation for the sake of reinforcing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention as a pillar of the international security architecture.
Belarus and Russia will also continue tight cooperation in matters of international security, non-proliferation and control over arms and promise to take effective steps to enhance strategic stability. The two countries firmly believe that no country can ensure its own security at the expense of security of other countries.